Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 3, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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While not native to Aiken County, the state tree is ubiquitous, hardy and beautiful.
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Staff photo by Amy Banton One of the oldest palmettos in Aiken, according to Bob McCartney with Woodlander} Nursery, is located at a home on South Boundary.
By AMY BANTON
The palmetto - the state tree that fortified Fort Moultrie during the Revolutionary War, deflecting cannon balls off its spongy wood - has been a favorite decor piece used in landscaping around Aiken County for years.
Palmettos are a type of palm tree that is often called “cabbage palms." Palmettos and other kinds of palm trees are frequently found in front of local businesses and homes throughout the county.
With the recent, unusually frigid temperatures, will the large-leafed beauties survive the cold weather?
According to Bob McCartney of Woodlander Nursery, the worst that will happen to palms throughout Aiken is a few brown, dead leaves, hut they usually bounce back.
Unless extreme temperatures occur, like 0 degrees Fahrenheit or colder, older palm trees should he able to stand the chill.
As for small, younger palm plants, McCartney said that it's a good idea to keep them mulched and, if possible, cover them with some kind of container.
He has seen some indi-v iduals in colder climates go as far as building frames around their palms or even keeping a heat
Did you know?
The palmetto is a type of palm tree called a "cabbage palm.” There are around 15 species of palmettos worldwide.
The word "palmetto" is a Spanish term meaning "little palm."
lamp near them during the freezing months.
Most palm trees arc slow growing, McCartney said, adding that ii you find a palm with IO or 12 feet of trunk, it could be quite old.
Palm trees in general are not indigenous to Aiken County, according to McCartney, but they grow mostly around the coastal areas of South Carolina and can be found as tar north as southeastern coastal Virginia.
Palms indigenous to South Carolina include the needle palm, the sabal palmetto, the dwarf palmetto and the saw palmetto.
McCartney said thai the only type of palm that grows naturally in Aiken County is the sabal minor which is considered a dwarf that doesn't have a trunk and can be found in swampy areas.
A variety of palms can he found around Aiken that are not indigenous to the state, such as the
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By AMY BANTON
I he statue of William Aiken Sr. that will he placed at the Newberry Street fountain may be shipped to Aiken early this week, according to City officials.
City Manager Roger LcDuc said that the bronze statue of the man the city was named after has been completed and should be sent to Aiken from the foundry some time this week
Once the statue arrives, the City will order metal benches and make renova
tions to the downtown fountain throughout the month of January, LeDuc said.
Alter the statue is placed and the improvements are made, an unveiling ceremony will be held possibly in February or March by the City and URS, the company that donated $25,000 to the project in September, tov er-ing the price of the statue, LeDuc added.
The statue of Aiken is a symbolic representation of the tonner president of the S.C Canal and Railroad Co. as there are no available pictures of the man. The statue w as based off pictures of
Man charged in robbery of jewelry store
Statue of city’s founder may be shipped this week
By AMY BANTON
An arrest ha- been made in a jewelry stoa* robbery that happened Wednesday in which several nngs were stolen.
Travis Allen Cilan-ton, 33, of 730 Maple St., Aiken, was arrested around 3 a m. Sunday after investigators received a tip. (Wanton was charged with .inned robbery.
I Ie is K ing held at the Aiken County detention center under a $100,000 Kind, according to a press release From LL Dun id Tumo w ith the Aiken Department Public Safety (APPS).
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Safety and the Aiken County Sheriff's Office assisted in the arrest.
At 6:38 p.m. Wednesday, a man entered Ray Jewelers in the Aiken Mall and said he was looking for jewelry for his girlfriend. I Ie asked to see sex era! rings and then put his hand iii his pocket, claiming he had a gun. He told the employee that if she didn’t cooperate, he would shoot her.
Hic \ ietim told police that she thought she saw an outline of a gun and xx as scared.
The assailant left with 23 rings. Several of those rings were recox cued, Tumo said.
Glanton has been convicted of several Other charges in the past dating hack to 1995, including breach of trust w ith fraudulent intent, shoplifting, common laxx robbery, larceny and common law assault, according to court records.
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Aiken Standard file photo This memorial was erected to remember those who lost their lives as a result of the 2005 Graniteville train wreck.
Annual gathering to commemorate the nine lives lost
family members and people from his lime period, according to City officials.
The statue, designed by sculptor Lynn I taste, is of a man sitting on the bench Kside the fountain. LeDuc was unsure if the statue would still he of Aiken looking down at a pocket watch, which was shown in the onginal concept sketch.
Improvements that will be made to the fountain include enhancing the plants, adding shrubbery, staining it to a darker color, adding benches and remox mg pavers, The renovations will cost approximately $10,000.
By HALEY HUGHES
It \m-> Ken nearly six years since the Graniteville train w reck, and for the sixth year since the tragedy, the community will gather to mourn the lives of the nine x id urn who died after two Norfolk Southern trains collided, releasing chlorine gas into the air.
The Graniteville Community C oalition, in conjunction with the GVW Investment Corporation and Bethlehem Missionary Baptist C hurch, will hold its annual service Saturday at 3 p m. at the church. 271 Bethlehem Circle.
At the service, fam
ily memKrs of those who died as a result of the crash will K asked to light a candle in honor of their loved ones, said Louisiana Wnght-Sanders, founder of the Granitex die Community Coalition, Choirs from neighKnng churches xviii form a Unity C hoir and sing sex erat musical selections.
“This i> a commemoration of die train derailment, a commemoration of those that were lost. We are try ing to Kip in tK healing process. In a situation like this, tK healing process could take a lifetime," said the Rev. James Abraham. “We will do things in such a way
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